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Outdoor tango

Girasol Tango Social

An outdoor tango event presented by Sunflower Philly + Philadelphia Argentine Tango School

Tuesdays in June

Starting June 8

New Mask Policy: Masks are required at check-in and while on dance platform. Those who are fully vaccinated may remove their masks while in the picnic table (socializing) area.

6-7 pm: All-levels Tango Class - taught by Andres & Meredith (Couples only. No partner change.)
7-9 pm: Milonga (Partner change allowed.)

Cost

Class: Minimum payment of $20 per couple. Please consider choosing the “+ donation” registration option to provide additional much-needed support to this event. Class registrants stay free for the milonga. Limit 12 couples.

Milonga: Minimum payment of $10 per person. Please consider choosing the “+ donation” registration option to provide additional much-needed support to this event. Limit 26 registrants for milonga only.

Special Guests

June 15: Live music by Leandro Ragusa (bandoneon) and Emiliano Messiez (piano)
June 22: DJ Kerry Kay
June 29: DJ Maria Aldrete

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Location

Sunflower Philly, 1725 N 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Eating & Drinking

Sunflower is just across 5th street from two of the greatest purveyors of food / beer in Philly:
Human Robot
Poe’s Sandwich Joint

We hope you’ll consider supporting one or both before, during or after your Girasol Tango Social experience. Ample picnic tables allow you to eat and drink on-site at Sunflower Philly.

Emiliano Messiez

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and based in New York City, Emiliano Messiez started to play the piano at the age of 4. He graduated from the University of National Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he ended up teaching years later. Besides Classical Music, Emiliano has also trained in and mastered Tango, Jazz, Popular Music and Latinamerican Rhythms. He has been performing a wide range of music genres in important venues and festivals all around the world, working with significant artists like Raul Jaurena, Pablo Aslan, JP Jofre, Pedro Giraudo and “Infantino Group” with whom he recorded an album that received the Unesco Prize.

Emiliano is the founder and director of the Típica Messiez, which premiered at the Philly Tango Festival last year. He is Composer and Musical Director of the upcoming musical Bordello. (Follow both of those links to listen to Emiliano’s amazing music.)

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Leandro Ragusa

Leandro Ragusa studied bandoneón with the Mtros. Néstor Marconi, Carlos Lazzari and Juan Carlos Caviello and composition & arrangements with Mtros. Gabriel Senanes, Laura Baade, Manolo Juarez an Diego Taranto. Leandro was awarded a scholarship by the Konex Foundation and completed the First Higher Diploma in Tango, graduating in 2004. He teaches in Tango history at the University of Tango in Buenos Aires. He is a co-founder of Centro’feca (Forum of Argentine Cultural Studies), an NGO dedicated to the research and dissemination of Tango.

Leandro has been part of various tango orchestras: Juan D’arienzo Orchestra, Rodolfo Mederos Orquesta, Orchestra Escuela de Tango. As a soloist he participated in the Tango show of the Huis Ten Bosh Center (Nagasaki-Japan), National Radio Youth Orchestra, the Orcheste Symphonique de Longueuil (Montreal - Canada) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of San Martín (Buenos Aires). Since 2016, he has made arrangements for different ensembles in the Argentina and abroad.

He currently performs as a bandoneonist, composer and arranger of ‘Quinteto de Academia’, music for woodwinds and bandoneon, with which he has performed in New York, Boston and Montreal, as well as in Buenos Aires. In September 2019, WRTI Philadelphia filmed this beautiful concert/profile of Leandro Ragusa and Emiliano Messiez.